Colored communicants.

Communicants reported 27 May 1857 – …  27. Polly Bethel. 28. Jerry Bethel (colored) 29. Margaret Strange (colored)

Communicants added since Convention 27 May 1857 — … 31. Annabella Wilson (colored) … 39. William Foster (colored)

22 May 1857 “Day after Ascension Day. The ordinance of confirmation was administered to the following persons by the Rt. Rev. Thomas Atkinson, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese” … Annabella Wilson (colored)

1. Nancy Williams 2. Hannah Pinckney 3. William D. Pinckney 4. Thomas B. Taylor 5. Harriet Taylor 6. Mary Jane Brown 7. William Foster 8. Mary Bethel 9. Eliza T. Bryant (the above being colored communicants) “The above confirmed by Bp. Atkinson at his visitation of the parish October 10, 1858. T.S.W. Mott, pastor.”

From W.H. Biggers, Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, Extracts from the First Parish Register (1975). 

In the 1860 census of Western Division, Mecklenburg County: Jerry Bethel, 45, barber, “manumitted,” wife Mary Bethel, 40, and Robison Reid, 8. 

In the 1860 census of Western Division, Mecklenburg County: W.F. Strange, 54, clerk-U.S. Mint, born Scotland; Edy, 75; Caroline, 43; James, 22, coach painter[?]; Margaret, 20, “hs keeper;” Robert, 14; Anna, 12; Edward, 9; and Mary Strange, 5; plus Elizabeth Jack, 12; all except W.F. were mulatto.

In the 1860 census of Western Division, Mecklenburg County: Mary Foster, 29, laborer; William, 24, wheelwright; Annabella, 20, laborer; Mary, 2; Austin, 5 months; and Jane Clark, 7.